St. Mark’s Children’s Ministry nurtures our young ones with a growing Sunday School for all ages, Vacation Bible School, hands-on activities in the Learning Center in the lower level, offers a children’s library, and special events during the year such as the Jerusalem Festival, Bunny Breakfast, Fall Festival and more.
Latisha Gilliland (636-394-2233) is our staff contact for Children’s Christian Education ministry.
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Childcare for infants through two year old is available from 9:00am – 11:30am Sunday mornings during worship and Sunday School.
Enrichment Hour (Enrichment Hour does not meet in the summer)
Sundays at 9:00 AM, enrichment is available for preschool through 7th grade. Children spend time exploring the Bible through opportunities in the Children’s library.
Christian education for preschool through 5th grade is available at 10:30am. Children attend worship through the “Time with Children”, and then are led to their classes by parents and teachers.
Our new curriculum The Story will be featuring a Meet The Author Day several times throughout the 31-week series. This event will bring Bible characters who wrote books of the Bible once a month to our Sunday School hour (10:30 – 11:30) to listen to their stories and for Q & A with our children who are preschool – fifth grade. If you love storytelling, acting, or drama, – we would love for you to sign up as one of our Meet The Author Day Bible Characters. Our first “Meet the Author” will be Ruth on March 15! See Latisha Gilliland for details or call the church office.
Children in Kindergarten through Grade 5 begin the youth fellowship experience in this group that meets for activities once a month. Activities include both a mission and fun focus. Parental involvement is encouraged, and parents are needed to chaperone at all events. The Saints also go to Mound Ridge Retreat and Mission Center for a weekend full of mission work and relaxation.
Saints & Siblings Events plus Fun St. Mark Family Events
Sun,Mar. 8 – Saints & Siblings – 11:30 to 2:00 – Lunch will be served following the 10:30 service. Kids will have a hands-on mission activity. Rev. Brenda Booth, Executive Director of Isaiah 58 Ministries, will share information about the work they do and how churches like St. Mark help support them. Then, we will take a field trip to the grocery story for the kids to pick out items that are needed most.
Sun,Apr. 5 – Jerusalem Festival
Sat,Apr.11 – Bunny Breakfast
Fri,May 8 – Sat,May 9 – Trip to Mound Ridge Camp & Retreat Center
For additional information please contact: Shelley Lester (Elder) or Latisha Gilliland (St. Mark Staff)
Please mark your calendars and join us for these events – The St. Mark Permission Form is available on this page
A current Permission Form must be on file in order for children to participate in St. Mark Presbyterian Church activities.
Download the 2019-2020 Permission Form Here or you can come to the church office and complete a Permission Form.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
Preschool Choir, Big Kids Choir & Wednesday Night Kids’ Club run September thru May
PRESCHOOL CHOIR – PLAY N PRAISE
PLAY N PRAISE! is a Preschool music curriculum/program that is specifically made for ages 3-5. Our time is filled will playing rhythm instruments, singing songs, playing melody bells and lots of movement! We also love learning bible stories and scripture that relate to the songs that we sing. Our Play N Praise group meets every Wednesday night from 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in our Fellowship Hall.
BIG KIDS CHOIR
We are so excited to be presenting “Strong Songs for a Super Savior” on Sunday, April 19th during the 10:30 a.m. church service. We invite all friends and family to be sure not to miss this wonderful presentation that takes place at a game show. Our contestants and choir want to invite anyone between the ages of 5-12 to join them and sign-up for this exciting event! Big Kids Choir meets every Wednesday night from 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in our Choir room located downstairs to the left of our church entrance.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT KIDS’ CLUB
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall
How To Be A Superhero! Sometimes superheroes do great things. Other times it’s the little things that make them super. Big and small things add up to a life that honors God and allows us to do some super things for others. Kids will learn that small acts done for Jesus can lead to a super life and they’ll learn how to make life super for others.
Come join us Wednesday nights from 6:45 – 7:30 p.m. (right after choir!) for this fun, activity filled curriculum! What a great break for your Mid-week……here are some topics we will be looking at:
Love Your Parents, Slow to Speak, For Good, Teamwork, & Do The Small Stuff – just for starters. We meet at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in the Fellowship Hall.
“Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Vacation Bible School 2020
St. Mark VBS: July 20-24, 2020
Our 2020 Vacation Bible School program will be “Knights of North Castle” – “Knights of North Castle invites children to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power by exploring how we put on the armor of God”.
Click here for Vacation Bible School Information & Registration
Youth Committee Mission Statement
“To empower our youth through worship, fellowship, study and service to become committed to their faith in Jesus Christ and make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.”
Youth at St. Mark, from Middle School through High School, are engaged in not only fellowship but also classes, mission trips, service projects and other opportunities to grow their faith.
In addition, Youth are invited to serve as Liturgists at Worship — call Pastor Dave if you wish to serve as a Liturgist at worship.
Get Ready! Confirmation class is held on Sundays at 9:30am – 10:15am downstairs in rooms 17-19. Students in Middle School and High School students who have not been confirmed are welcome to join this eight-month course.
Contact Pastor Dave or the church office (636-394-2233) for more information.
Confirmation students attend classes, participate in mission activities, lock-ins, and learn about the Bible, the Christian faith, the mission of the church and what it means to be Presbyterian. Upon completion of the course, the students are confirmed during worship service and received as new members of St. Mark.
Youth Bible Study for Grades 6-12 is every Wednesday evening from 6:30—7:30 PM. Students participating in Bible Study will have the opportunity to relate with God’s story through the storying process, discover meaning, and develop fresh insights of the biblical narrative. Youth are welcome to bring friends for fellowship, snacks, and bible study.
Youth Hangout: Join us on the last Sunday of each month from 4-6pm in the Youth Lounge.
For further information on Youth Activities, contact Pastor MP.
Youth Calendar of Events
Wed, February 19 – Youth Bible Study – 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the Youth Lounge
Sun, February 23 – Youth mission meeting room 102 – 11:40 AM
Sun, February 23 – Youth Hangout – 4-6 PM
Wed, February 26 – Youth Bible Study – 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the Youth Lounge
Wed, March 4 – Youth Bible Study – 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the Youth Lounge
Sun, March 8 – Youth sing in worship – rehearsals will be on Wed. evening during youth group
Save These Dates
YOUTH HANGOUT-Join us on the last Sunday of each month from 4-6pm in the Youth Lounge
Sunday, April 5 – Jerusalem Festival
Saturday, April 11 – Bunny Breakfast
Saturday, April 18 – St. Mark Trivia Night fundraiser for Youth
Friday & Saturday, May 8 & 9 – trip to Mound Ridge Camp & Retreat Center
Sunday, May 31 – Confirmation Sunday
July 12-19 – VBS preparation
July 20-24 – VBS
July 28-August 1 – Youth Mission trip (tentative dates)
Youth Led Worship
Once a year, for an entire weekend, the youth (both middle school and senior high) plan and lead worship. Youth Led Worship is a wonderful opportunity for the congregation to experience worship leadership from a unique perspective.
At St. Mark, we believe that all are beloved children of God. We want the youth to experience the Trinitarian God, the God who is with us in community. St Mark’s youth ministry seeks to give youth this experience through:
– Engaging Study: creative, thoughtful and faith-formative Bible studies and small groups
– Genuine Community: all youth are welcome at St Mark. We offer weekly Bible study, youth group and other activities for youth. As a faith community, St. Mark is very encouraging and supportive of youth.
– Meaningful Mission & Service: our youth and families participate in monthly mission activities every first weekend, where we truly seek to empower our community with the love of God. Annually, we have a week-long mission trip in the summer, which the youth and parents highly anticipate. Mission matters to St.Mark.
– Committed Mentoring: beginning in confirmation, our youth are connected with an adult member at St Mark who serves “to walk alongside” them in the journey of faith. This committed support and presence of the mentors is essential to the faith development of our youth people. We are incredibly grateful for such encouraging and faithful mentors here at St.Mark.
– Empowering Discipleship: through all the study, small groups, lock-ins, retreats, trips, mission work, we seek to connect our youth with the body of Christ so that they may know the Grace of God and share God’s love with the world. St. Mark works to give our youth and families practical methods of loving God and neighbor in their everyday life.”
Boy Scouts: Cub Scout Pack 631 and Scout Troop 631
Contact information for Scouting activities is available from the church office.
Cub Pack 631
Sponsored by and meets at St. Mark Church. Pack meetings are held once a month and den meetings twice a month during the school year. The pack is made up of Cub Scouts in grades one through five. Activities this past year included the Pinewood Derby, Blue and Gold Banquet, Rain Gutter Regatta and Scouting for Food.
Scout Troop 631
Sponsored by and meets at St. Mark Church. Considered one of the top Boy Scout troops in the Greater St. Louis Area Council and has produced well over 200 Eagles since formed in 1966; this is one of the highest percentages of Eagle scouts from the number of boys that join. Activities this past year included: the traditional cabin camp-out at Babler State Park to work on merit badges, the President’s Day outing bus trip, Crossover at Camp Beaumont, rock climbing and rappelling at S-F Scout Ranch, and Summer Camp at S-F Scout Ranch.